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Anthony T. Lo Sasso, PhD, is Professor and Senior Research Scientist in the Health Policy and Administration Division at the School of Public Health and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Lo Sasso is an economist whose research spans several dimensions of health economics, health policy, and health services and outcomes research. Dr. Lo Sasso is keenly interested in how government policies affect private sector decisions and has recently studied the impact of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program on uninsurance among children and the extent to which public coverage may have “crowded out” private coverage of children; how community rating provisions in state non-group health insurance markets affect non-group health insurance coverage and uninsurance; and how the availability of safety net health care services affects the willingness of firms to offer health insurance and the willingness of employees to take-up health insurance when it is offered. Dr. Lo Sasso has also conducted studies examining behavioral health services issues, including a NIMH-funded study to examine the impact of an expansion of mental health benefits on cost and quality of care at a Fortune 50 manufacturing firm, a NIDA-funded study of alternative residential aftercare living environments for substance users, and behavioral healthcare utilization under high deductible health insurance benefit designs.

Dr. Lo Sasso has significant experience with funded research and has served as Principal Investigator on over a dozen funded research projects. In addition, Dr. Lo Sasso serves as a consultant to health insurance companies and other private corporations to evaluate the effects of benefit design on cost and quality of care. A focus of recent research is the growing consumer-directed health care movement and its potential impact on employer-sponsored health insurance and employee health. Dr. Lo Sasso has served as an outside expert in payer-provider disputes and is currently serving as a consultant on a project to calculate usual and customary rates for medical provider reimbursement.

In addition to his numerous funded research projects, Dr. Lo Sass has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals Health Services Research, Medical Care Research and Review, and The Journal of Community Health. He recently served on an Institute of Medicine committee examining preventive services for women. He has also served as a standing member of a National Institutes of Health scientific review panel and currently serves as a member of a scientific review panel for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Prior to joining University of Illinois, Dr. Lo Sasso was on faculty at Northwestern University.
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Ph.D, 1996, Economics, Indiana University, PhD Indiana
M.A., 1993, Economics, DePaul University
B.S.C., 1991, Economics, DePaul University

 
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